December 2, 2020

The Cousins Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE COUSINS by Karen McManus Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


THE COUSINS
Author: Karen McManus
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, KindleAudible,  B&N (Signed Edition)iBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised...and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

One of my favorite genres is YA thriller/mystery and the author, Karen McManus, has quickly climbed to the top of my go-to authors for the genre. I've read all of her other books (and loved them all!) and I had high hopes and expectations going into this one. I definitely wasn't let down in the least.

One thing about this book that I absolutely loved was the writing style. The story is told by multiple narrators - Milly, Aubrey, Jonah, and Allison - from two different time periods, the present and the past. The main characters of the story (Milly, Aubrey and Jonah) narrate alternating chapters throughout the book. I loved the multiple perspectives and seeing the story unfold through each one of their eyes. Each of their chapters is done in the first person point of view, which is my favorite and (I think) a perfect fit for this book. We get to really know the cousins throughout the story - their inner thoughts and feelings, dreams and fears, insecurities, and everything in between. This incredible writing was a huge factor in my reading experience and I thought it was nothing short of fantastic.

The plot itself was great and told in an amazing way. It might not have been wholly original and I did see most things coming before they happened, but how many books can you honestly say are completely unique anymore? Basically none of them. I think the author took a relatively common story line and added in some twists and flair to make it her own. The result was another fantastic book in the YA thriller genre by one of the best authors out there. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA, mystery, thriller, suspense, and contemporary fiction as well as readers who have read and enjoyed the author's other titles.

Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us Is Next. Her fourth novel, The Cousins, will publish in December 2020. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master's degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels.

You can find Karen at @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE COUSINS - US Only.


Tour Schedule:

Week One: 

11/16/2020

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

11/17/2020

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

11/18/2020

YA Books Central

Excerpt

11/19/2020

Moonlight Rendezvous

Review

11/20/2020

PopTheButterfly Reads

Review


Week Two:

11/23/2020

Nerdophiles

Review

11/24/2020

Not In Jersey

Review

11/25/2020

Cuzinlogic

Review

11/26/2020

booksaremagictoo

Review

11/27/2020

Jenguerdy

Review


Week Three:

11/30/2020

midnightbooklover

Review

12/1/2020

Lisa Loves Literature

Review

12/2/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Review

12/3/2020

Thepagesinbetween

Review

12/4/2020

Becky on Books

Review

Week Four:

12/7/2020

Mallory Books

Review

12/8/2020

onemused

Review

12/9/2020

fictitious.fox

Review

12/10/2020

Momfluenster

Review

12/11/2020

Eli to the nth

Review






The Search for the Scepter Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE SEARCH FOR THE SCEPTER by Julie Dinges Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

THE SEARCH FOR THE SCEPTER
Author: Julie Dinges & Nazar Horokhivskyi (Illustrator)
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Mascot Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 38

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazonB&N, TBDBookshop.org, Signed copy

When Princesses Rosalie and Scarlet went to bed on a breezy summer night, they didn’t expect to awake to such a fright. Their father, the King’s, scepter was taken by a thief.

The royal family was in utter disbelief. The princesses sneak out of bed and find a small clue. There mission is clear, they know what they must do. Along their journey, they meet friends who help them track the thief down. Will they find him and return the scepter to their father who wears the crown?

Print a coloring page of Princess Rosalie, Princess Scarlet and the Thief!

Official Book Trailer:


What inspired you to write this book?

It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to write a children’s book. I have so many unfinished ideas but nothing really felt right until I began writing The Search for the Scepter. My inspiration came from my two daughters who love reading fantasy books, especially stories with princesses in them. I thought it sounded like a fun and different idea to combine lots of magical creatures into one story with two girls who save the day. I started writing one night and didn’t stop until the story was finished. I read it to my kids who loved it and I began to wonder if I had something publish-worthy. Fast forward to today and I’m living out my ultimate dream!

What do you hope children will gain from reading this book?

I love inspiring creativity and imagination. I want children to know that when it comes to fiction stories, there is no limit. Kids can write, be super creative and produce something magical. I also want to inspire kids to be brave and kind, just like Rosalie and Scarlet.

Julie Dinges lives in Ohio with her husband, two daughters, one dog, and several fish. She loves being outside, cooking, traveling, watching science fiction movies, and reading fantasy books to her girls.

Julie spent many years as a technical writer before shifting focus to website design.

One of Julie’s greatest ambitions was to write a book. She is excited to share her first published creation, and hopes it sparks imagination and inspiration for all who read of the princesses’ quest.

Website | Facebbok | Instagram | YouTube | Goodreads | Amazon

Find out about Nazar Horokhivskyi (Illustrator) Here!

(1) winner will win a signed copies of the THE SEARCH FOR THE SCEPTER - US Only.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/1/2020

@minnesota_mailer

Review/Instagram Stop

12/1/2020

Locks, Hooks and Books     Review

12/2/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

12/2/2020

YA Book Nerd

Review

12/3/2020

Twirling Book Princess

Review

12/3/2020

Jenguerdy

Review/Instagram Stop

12/4/2020

Jazzy Book Reviews

Guest Post

12/4/2020

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

12/5/2020

Little Red Reads

Excerpt

Week Two:

12/6/2020

Seeing Double In Neverland

Guest Post

12/6/2020

Seeing Double In Neverland

Instagram Feature

12/7/2020

The Momma Spot

Review

12/7/2020

The Momma Spot

Instagram Post

12/7/2020

Future Bookworms

Instagram Post

12/8/2020

Gimme The Scoop Reviews

Review

12/8/2020

gimmethescoopreviews

Instagram Post

12/9/2020

Momfluenster

Instagram Stop/Review

12/10/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

12/11/2020

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

12/11/2020

BookHounds YA

Instagram Post

12/12/2020

Westveil Publishing

Review


Week Three:

12/13/2020

@Fictitious.fox

Review

12/14/2020

Lifestyle of Me

Review

12/15/2020

Jrsbookreviews

Review

12/15/2020

two points of interest

Review





December 1, 2020

Release Day Spotlight: How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

How to Fail at Flirting
Author: Denise Williams
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Women's Fiction/Chick Lit/Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Berkley

Description:

One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university's chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup.  Check…almost.

Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.

Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she's finally living again.

Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD in education, going on to work in higher education. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house.